-30 hours per week, including Saturdays and some evenings
-27-week, fixed term contract
-Wage: $20.00/hour + 4% vacation pay
-Duration: September 12 2022—March 31 2023
(two week unpaid closure in December)
Gallery 44 is a dynamic space and artist-run centre led by a group of artists, curators, and educators. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to support two of the gallery's key programming areas—exhibitions and education. The Curatorial Assistant will contribute to developing and realizing shows in our Main Gallery, Vitrines and Members' Galleries and their adjacent programs, the seasonal workshops series and youth programs.
The Curatorial Assistant will work directly with artists, guest curators, artist-educators, designers and Gallery 44 staff. This 30-hour per week position runs from September 2022 to April 2023. The role is designed to offer an emerging curator or artist the opportunity to gain hands-on, working knowledge of exhibitions, public and educational programs in a fast-paced environment and amongst a collegial staff team of five early to mid-career arts professionals.
The role offers a recent graduate the opportunity to develop new skills in a collaborative work environment, alongside a supportive and engaged community of volunteers, staff and Board members. Applicants must be 30 years of age or younger, and recent post-secondary graduates.
1. Exhibitions and Public Programs
Assist with planning, production and interpretation of exhibitions in the Main Gallery and Vitrines, as follows:
- Attend meetings with artists and curator(s), develop, monitor and update work plans.
- Provide editorial support for curatorial texts such as didactics and catalogue essays.
- Gather images for promotional materials in order to meet advance promotion deadlines.
- Populate exhibition web pages with up to date content.
- Facilitate installation plans in consultation with exhibiting artists and curator(s), including researching and sourcing installation materials, outsourcing any fabrication plans.
- Support administration and technical delivery for adjacent public programming (artist talks, screenings, reading groups, etc), including posting events and registering participants with third-party platform Eventbrite.
- Provide exhibition tours for visiting students and community groups.
Support exhibition and adjacent programs in the Members’ Gallery, as follows:
- Independently produce one group and one solo exhibition in the Members’ Gallery, including liaising with member-artists, generating promotional content, exhibition design and installation
- Coordinate and deliver three public events or online resources (ie. exhibition walkthrough, panel discussion, podcast, web art project, etc.)
2. Education and Community Outreach
Supporting the planning and implementation of educational workshops for youth and adult learners, the intern will assist the following tasks:
- Implement the annual student exhibition CameraLinks, including distributing the call for submissions and preparing promotional materials, liaising with teachers, students and industry professionals, managing contracts, forms, artwork inventories, planning exhibition design and assisting with installation.
- Support OUTREACH, our award-winning arts program for underserved youth, including researching potential community partners, scheduling facilities, procuring workshop supplies and materials and preparing promotions.
- Attend programming meetings with external partners, artists and arts educators.
- Conduct research to develop and expand online and in-person adult learning programs.
- Support the administration and technical delivery of online and in-person workshops, including registering events and participants with third-party platform Eventbrite.
- Populate workshop webpages with up-to-date content.
- Manage and maintain education-related equipment and facilities.
- Assist all staff with front desk service for members and the public, sharing information about exhibitions and membership, and lending equipment to members.
- Attend weekly staff meetings.
Qualifications and Skills
The ideal candidate will possess some knowledge in contemporary photography and related practices; will be interested in starting a career in cultural production; will understand the value of arts and culture to the healthy ecosystem of a city such as Toronto; and will bring a positive attitude and collaborative spirit to the position.
The ideal candidate will also possess a combination of the following skills and qualifications:
- Recent college or university graduate from a related discipline (such as curatorial practice, studio arts with an interest in photography and image art; arts management/administration)
- Eager to learn skills related to managing complex projects from concept to production
- Organized, motivated and collaborative
- Strong work ethic and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- Good interpersonal skills
An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:
- are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
- are legally entitled to work in Canada;
- are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
- are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
- will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
- are unemployed or underemployed;
- are a college or university graduate; and
- are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program.
How to Apply
Email the following information to email@example.com as a single PDF document. Include “Curatorial Assistant” in the email subject line.
- Letter of interest (one page maximum)
- Two references
Applications close on Tuesday, July 5 at 11:59 PM.
Access and Equity
G44 welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and strongly encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities, such as Black and Indigenous people, people of colour, women, people who are d/Deaf or have a disability, racial minorities, youth, the socio-economically disadvantaged, and 2SLGBTQIAP+ individuals. We will invite all those contacted for an interview to advise us of accommodations needed to ensure they have access to a fair and equitable process.
For more information:
Accessibility Policy https://tinyurl.com/G44-Accessibility
Equity Policy https://tinyurl.com/G44-Equity